Sierra Leone experiences a
hot and humid tropical climate with a wet and dry season. The summer
rainy season is between May and October with most rain falling in July
and August. Temperatures average 30 C throughout the year with
night time temperatures hovering around 24 C.
Krio is the most widely
spoken language in Sierra Leone and is native to the Creoles who are
freed slaves from Britain, The United States and West Indies. It is
mainly derived from English but has influences from other African
languages (Yuroba for example), European languages (such as French) and
also contains some expressions found in the West Indies.
The leone, denoted by SLL, is the official currency of Sierra Leone, a
country on the West African coast. One leone is further divided into 100
cents, which only comes in denominations of 100 and 50. A floating
exchange rate regime began in June 1986 in order to correct a constant
over-valuation of the leone.
population of Sierra Leone in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations
at 4, 971, 000, which placed it as number 111 in population among the
193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 3% of the
population was over 65 years of age, with another 44% of the population
under 15 years of age.
Freetown is the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone, a country in
west Africa. It is a major port city on the Atlantic Ocean located in
the Western Area of the country and with a population of 1.2 million.